Did your kids have a ton of fun this year carving their pumpkins? Was there more decorating they wanted to do but just not enough time to do it? It seems like no matter who you talk to, everyone’s favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. I mean, if Tim Burton can combine Halloween and Christmas, two seemingly very different holidays that actually, when you think about it, have way more in common than you think, why can’t you?
The Pumpkin Snowman Pt. 1
After decking out your house for Halloween and Thanksgiving, it’s safe to say that you probably have a few extra good pumpkins lying about. You don’t want to just throw them out, but you’re also not exactly sure what you can do with them. You know what you can do? You can make a Pinterest board with your Christmas crafts for kids and your Christmas kids crafts ideas and then choose a concept between the two to make for a new and exciting craft project, such as a pumpkin snowman.
Get creative with your own concept, or learn how to make a pumpkin snowman below:
- 3 Pumpkins, 1 large, 1 medium, 1 small
- Acrylic paint (white, black and orange)
- White caulk
- Large, oversized buttons, assorted colors
- Paper plate
- Upcycled twine spool
Step 1: Using your white caulk, cover the bottom of the medium and small pumpkins.
Step 2: With the largest pumpkin on the bottom, stack the medium pumpkin followed by the small pumpkin one on top of the other. The white caulk will keep them from toppling over each other.
Step 3: Paint the pumpkins white. Let dry.
Step 4: Paint an orange triangle in the middle of the small pumpkin with the base of the triangle on the left side; this will make it look like a carrot.
Step 5: Using your black acrylic paint, paint the coal eyes and grin of the snowman.
Step 6: Paint the paper plate and twine spool black.
Step 7: Make a hole in the top of the paper plate and lower the plate over the top pumpkin’s stem, followed by the spool, this will make the snowman’s top hat!
Step 8: Using the white caulk again, stick large buttons down the middle of the medium-sized pumpkin, the snowman’s belly.
Step 9: Wrap a scarf around the “neck” and voila! You have a pumpkin snowman!
The Pumpkin Snowman Pt. 2
Do you think your kids might prefer to get their hands dirty in learning to make a new craft? They can carve up their own favorite snowman, Disney’s Olaf!
- 3 Pumpkins, all of equal proportion
- PDF Olaf Template
- Carving utensils
- Acrylic paint, (white, orange and black)
- White caulk
- Sticks, optional
Step 1: Cut holes in the tops of each pumpkin. Remove the pumpkin “guts.”
Step 2: Tape the stencil to the pumpkin(s). Trace the parts of the template that need to be removed on the pumpkin. Remove the stencil. Carefully cut out and remove the portions that need to be removed.
Step 3: Paint all three pumpkins white. Caulk the bottom of the middle and top pumpkins and stack them on top of the third bottom pumpkin. Let dry.
Step 4: With orange paint, outline Olaf’s carrot nose, helping your kids better see where it is.
Step 5: Paint Olaf’s irises black
Step 6: [OPTIONAL] Drill two holes (one on each side) of the middle pumpkin. Taking some of the sticks you gathered, fill the holes, giving Olaf arms. TA-DA! Like Elsa and Ana, your children can hang out with Olaf the pumpkin snowman! Though you should know that pumpkin Olaf will rot after a few days (how sad!) unless you take precautions to preserve the carved pumpkin.
What are you waiting for, go out, stock up and get to carving!